Bid to at­tract busi­ness with changes to zon­ing

SHOPS HAVE RE­MAINED EMPTY FOR FIVE YEARS

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over 228sq m, an­other 236sq m and one smaller shop of 178sq m.

None of the three spa­ces have been leased since the build­ing was opened.

The coun­cil blamed is­sues with zon­ing as well as a lack of fa­cil­i­ties for the dis­in­ter­est in the three spa­ces.

Re­stric­tions were placed on the prop­er­ties, which were orig­i­nally zoned gen­eral in­dus­trial rather than com­mer­cial.

This in­cluded op­por­tu­ni­ties for freight trans­port fa­cil­i­ties, ve­hi­cle re­pair sta­tions, self-stor­age units and take­away food premises.

A coun­cil spokesman said the coun­cil had re­cently amended the zon­ing in the hopes of cater­ing to a big­ger re­tail mar­ket.

“We would now be in the po­si­tion to take leas­ing ad­van­tage of the en­larged zon­ing un­der Ad­di­tional Per­mit­ted Uses Map (Pen­rith LEP 2010) to the ex­ist­ing IN 1 In­dus­trial Zon­ing con­di­tions which would now per­mit com­mer­cial premises such as busi­ness premises, of­fice premises or premises,” he said.

De­spite th­ese dif­fi­cul­ties, the spokesman said, the shops were still on the mar­ket.

“There has been in­ter­est, but the main stum­bling block so far has been the fitout costs and some is­sues with park­ing ac­cess. Coun­cil is work­ing through th­ese mat­ters, would like to see the shops op­er­a­tional, and are still on the mar­ket.”

A spokesman for LJ Hooker Pen­rith, which looks af­ter the lease for the shops on be-

re­tail half of the coun­cil, said there had been in­ter­est but zon­ing had dis­cour­aged ten­ants.

“The spa­ces have been for lease for about two years (through LJ Hooker). They used to be heavy in­dus­trial zoned but this has now changed,” the spokesman said.

“Ini­tially the prop­er­ties were priced so who­ever came along could do their own fitout.”

The shops are now avail­able for a com­mer­cial lease.

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Van­dals have scratched graf­fiti and tags onto the va­cant shops un­der the carpark at St Marys sta­tion.

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